Juul, launching an electronic cigarette in the Silicon Valley, with a reputation for aggressively dropping his nicotine nicotine-flavored dessert products, is now conducting research in the field of health.
On Saturday, the company, now partly owned by the Marlboro Altria manufacturer, presented a study poster summary comparing people who used exclusively its devices against people who smoke traditional cigarettes at a Nichotin Society Society Annual Meeting and tobacco.
The poster is the first clinical study that Julian shared publicly. The overall Juul-sponsored study comparing the decline in smoking-related biomarker levels in smokers who give up for five days but uses their devices against smokers who have not retired and are out of date is not yet public domain. According to data from ClinicalTrials.gov, the government database for such studies, Juul recently completed at least five other clinical trials, including its devices, which are on the market since 201
The results show positive results for smokers who quit and move completely to Julian's devices. Both in the abstinence group and the Juul group, all biomarkers measured decreased drastically. Average scores dropped 85.3 percent in the non-smoker, non-smoker and 85 percent in the Juul group. This suggests that the use of Juul e-cigarettes in isolation is not associated with some of the cancer-causing effects of smoking regular cigarettes with tobacco, the authors conclude. The study also has some important limitations.
Unanswered questions about vaping and health
Experts agree that compared to traditional smoking – which involves inhaling burned tobacco – vaping is healthier. However, an increasing number of studies show that the use of electronic cigarettes comes with their own health risks.
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Juul's analysis does not address the overall health effects of using e- Cigarettes. Instead, it looks at a small set of biomarkers that are known to be negatively affected by tobacco use. Electronic cigarettes do not contain tobacco.
In a press release summarizing the Juul report, it is assumed that the study "confirms [ed] the potential of vapor products as a viable alternative to flammable cigarettes."
This conclusion may be premature on the basis of a five-day study of 90 people. Most studies comparing cigarettes and electronic cigarettes have been conducted for several years and involve thousands of participants.
Previous studies of biomarkers for electronic cigarettes indicate that devices can be associated with negative health effects. Few of these studies have included Juul's devices.
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For example, a recent biomarker analysis of e-cigs other than Juul that vapors inhaled toxic substances such as lead, nickel, chromium and manganese at levels higher than what the EPA considers safe. Inhalation of these metals is associated with health problems in the lungs, the liver, the immune system, the heart and the brain, and some cancers, according to the Health and Safety Administration at the US Department of Labor. Another concern that experts have raised with previous e-cigarette research is when scientists exclude consumers switching between smoking and smoking, the group of people they say make up the majority of e-cigarette users. For the part of the study, the researchers only look at people who are extremely vaporized, not people who are going back and forth. This may mean that he neglects the effects on health of the actual use of vape, which could include vaping and smoking, not just vaping. The study also leaves unresolved the issue of teenagers, which recent studies of the Food and Drug Administration suggest are largely the result of the growing popularity of Juul. One Juul pod, the loading cartridge in Juul e-cig, contains the same amount of highly addictive nicotine as a pack of traditional cigarettes.
Several studies show that teenagers using electronic cigarettes eventually switch to regular cigarettes, and they may be young people who would not otherwise smoke.